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ChelseaPosted at 2018-04-06 14:30:17(50 wks ago)     1
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What to do in case of online harassment and/or an online predator ...

Unfortunately online harassment does happen all around the internet. Online predatory behavior is rarer, but also can happen.
For both the advice is the same:
- no matter how much you feel like deleting everything, always keep all messages, emails etc.!
- Stop all interaction with the user (even if he/she keeps sending you messages), unfriend + block the user.
Contact Midnight Rider, Miok or Chelsea
In the message write what is happening to you and give as much info, screenshots etc. as possible.

What to do in case of doubt or if someone makes you feel uncomfortable ...

When you are in doubt or someone is making you feel uncomfortable with their behaviour or asking too much personal information, get help from Contact Midnight Rider, Miok or Chelsea
Don't wait or try to figure it out yourself. You may give the benefit of doubt to the wrong person, but better to be safe then sorry.

If it feels very hard to report, know this ...

Harassment or falling into the trap of a predator is not your fault and needs to end! Harassers/predators manipulate their victims into trusting them and depending on them emotionally. Making it very hard to report someone. It may feel very rude, ungrateful or breaking trust to report. But that is just what harassers/predators use to keep their victims under control.

Also you are not the first person that something like this happens too and you are not alone in this. Any harassment and/or predatory behaviour is never tolerated here on WorldWide Torrents. All staff take it very seriously and will help you. Anything you say and show will be treated in a confidential manner by staff.

Warning signs of an online predator include:

1. Agreeing with everything you say “as if you were soul mates” or someone who just “really gets you”. Their main goal is to gain your trust.
2. Anxious to move from an online site to private method of communication; email, instant messaging, Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, Skype, texting or telephone calls.
3. Asking for personal information, your real name, your age, where you live, where you work, where you went to school, your favorite color and everything else about you. Always ask yourself: "Why do they need to know that?".
4. Want to know about your emotional state, getting you to pour your heart out to them.
5. Start talking about how much they like you only after a few chats. They seem to be too interested, too soon. Ask yourself, is this person awkwardly nice?
6. Trying to disrupt relationships. Suggesting that your friends and family don’t understand, appreciate, or love you - but they can.
7. They know things about you that you didn’t tell them – they’ve done their research.
8. They seem to know when and where you are online. They say “I know you were online because I saw your posts” or they are always showing up in the same chat-room.
9. They go all over your boundaries. Pushing you to do things or say things you do not want to and at times even making it seem that it was your idea and not theirs.
10. They make you feel uncomfortable. Trust your instinct when it is telling you that something is wrong.
11. They pretend to be the knight in shining armour who has come to dispel the darkness from your world.
12. Their stories don’t add up. They say things, but their stories don’t make sense.
13. They ask you for pictures. They might even send you pictures of them. Keep in mind that those pictures could be of anybody. They aren’t necessarily of them. Also they can use your pictures against you.
14. They might threaten you. If you do not do what they say, they might intimidate or blackmail you to get their way.
15. They want to see you in a vulnerable state. They ask you things like "what is wrong?" because they love it when you talk to them about something that makes you angry, upset or sad. When you do this, it establishes a sense of trust in their mind.
16. They stalk you online. This is something you might or might not notice. They look you up on all kinds of social media. Some online predators just watch and others contact you on other sites or tell you that they saw you there .

You can find tips for online safety here: Tips For Online Safety

You can find how to block a member here: Befriending/blocking on WWT

You can find a list of staff here: Staff

Any spamming or off topic posting will be edited by staff without notice and you will receive a warning.

Last edited by Chelsea on 2018-12-05 07:19:04

miokdonatedPosted at 2018-04-08 19:04:26(49 wks ago)     1
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This is an official thread for members in need of help.
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CsabaxbPosted at 2018-09-24 08:33:26(25 wks ago)     0
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